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• Last updated: September 19, 2020

How to Roll Your Shirt Sleeves: Your 60-Second Visual Guide

Illustrations how to roll your shirt sleeves.

Some sleeve-rolling techniques are better and more appropriate than others depending on the garment and the occasion. Here’s your 60-second illustrated guide to figuring out which roll will work best for you and how to do it.

For an in-depth guide to rolling your sleeves, check out this article.

The basic roll

1. Unbutton cuff and any gauntlet buttons further up sleeve.

2. Flip cuff back and inside out.

3. Fold back, using the cuff to set the width, until band of rolled cloth is just below elbow — higher when engaging in physical labor.

The casual forearm roll

1. Unbutton cuff. Undo gauntlet buttons according to preference. Flip cuff back and inside out.

2. Fold over, hiding cuff behind a band of sleeve fabric.

3. Stop there and tuck corners of cuff in neatly.

The master/Italian roll

1. Unbutton cuff. Undo gauntlet buttons according to preference. Flip cuff back and inside out.

2. Pull flipped cuff all the way to just below elbow without folding, turning sleeve inside out as it goes.

3. Take bottom of inside-out portion and fold it up until it traps bottom of cuff. Show as much of the inside-out cuff as you desire.

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Illustration by Ted Slampyak

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